Only in Africa: Ramaphosa’s cattle forms centrepiece in art exhibit

Only in Africa: Ramaphosa’s cattle forms centrepiece in art exhibit

- ‘A Decade of Seeing’ photography exhibition has opened in Johannesburg

- The exhibit showcases stunning photos of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s rare Ankola long-horned cattle

- Ramaphosa personally commissioned Daniel Naudé to take the images if the cattle

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Johannesburg’s Everard Read Gallery has opened its latest exhibition entitled ‘A Decade of Seeing’. The large-format photographic exhibit feature incredible images of rare Ankola long-horned cattle.

These incredible animals belong to new South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. The cattle are thought to be among his most prized possessions.

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The images form part of ‘A Decade of Seeing’ which looks back on celebrated South African photographer Daniel Naudé’s work. discovered that Naudé was personally commissioned by Ramaphosa to take the breath-taking images of the livestock.

"The graceful movement of these amazing creatures speaks to the gentle whispers of the ancestors in the wind that blows through the tropical grasses and treetops," Ramaphosa said in "Cattle Of The Ages" — a book that Naudé and the president published together in 2017.

In the book, Ramaphosa details the extraordinary lengths he had to go through to raise the rare long-horned cattle which originate in Uganda.

Ramaphosa was introduced to the breed by Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni while visiting the country. Ramaphosa funded an artificial insemination program which allowed him to breed the rare cattle in South Africa.

The exhibition features some of Naudé’s other works, including photos he took in India and Madagascar. The exhibit runs from 22 February until 31 March.

On Friday members of the EFF protested outside of Ramaphosa’s farm where the cattle are kept. The party demanded that six farmworkers be reinstated after being dismissed for allegedly stealing fertiliser.

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